“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” — Arthur Ashe
I recently just got over the flu. During times of rest, like when I had the flu, there is a lot of time for self-reflection. I thought about my life, and about my blog. When it comes to success, a lot of articles tend to revolve around similar themes. They imply material abundance is an indicator of success, with guides on how to minimize time in the office, earn a raise, or triple your current salary. These are great, but what if this isn’t your version of success?
There are so many articles that urge us to think about success in this way, that it might make us unconsciously adopt our version of success. The best thing about success is that it can be anything we want it to be. We don’t have to use the goals that anyone else has come up with. Better yet, we don’t have to use goals at all. It all depends on what you see as success.
Some people might see success as being a billionaire with multiple mansions, while others might love the opportunity to have a small modest home in the mountains. Whatever works for you, works for you. Before you spend any more time trying to pursue success for yourself, ask what success is for you. It might be different than you think. Working towards your own version of success is important, but first, we have to figure out what it is.
Life is full of change, and you will change with your life experiences, the people you meet, and the places you go. If your view of success has changed, that’s perfectly fine. In fact, I’d be surprised if it didn’t change from time to time. Chances are, you have a different idea of what success means today than you did when you were ten. Not to say your current version or your prior version were faulty, they just change. In fact, perhaps you’d like to borrow elements from each picture. For example, perhaps when you were ten, you were more focused on your happiness but now you are just focused on your professional growth.
Take some time out of your day today to see what success means for you. If the word ‘success’ is associated with too many labels for you, try thinking about what would work best for you. What would make your life better than it is today? Or maybe, you just want to find more contentment in your current life.
Whatever your path is, go pursue it. Just like you shouldn’t be doing things for other people’s approval, your version of success shouldn’t be to gain the approval of others either. As long as you approve of your version of success, you are good to go.
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